Imperial State Crown weighs 91 kilograms. Due to the weight of the crown, it is often worn on and off for a few hours before the State Opening of Parliament, to get the wearer used to the weight. Queen Elizabeth II has been known to eat her breakfast and read the morning papers wearing it.
The Imperial State Crown, the most famous of the United Kingdom Crown Jewels, was re-made in 1937 for the coronation of King George IV, father of Queen Elizabeth II. It is set with over 3000 gems transferred from the old Imperial Crown, which itself had been remade several times since the 17th century.
The Imperial State Crown, or Crown of State, is formed from an openwork gold frame, mounted with three very large stones, and set with 2868 diamonds in silver mounts, largely table-, rose- and brilliant-cut, and colored stones in gold mounts, including 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 269 pearls. | Royal Collection Trust
The British Imperial State Crown is the most magnificent of all the Crown Regalia. It was made in 1838 for the coronation of Queen Victoria, and then altered for the coronation of George VI in 1937 and Elizabeth II in 1953. It replaced the crown of St. Edward on the head of the ruler immediately after the coronation. Although the crown is modern in design it is set with very ancient gems.
The World Famous Crown Jewels Of England At The Tower of London.The Imperial State Crown (1937) is worn by the Queen at each State Opening of Parliament. One of the youngest crowns in the collection, it holds a number of much older gems. The crown was remade in 1937 after the previous frame weakened under the weight of the gemstones.
In this Cecil Beaton portrait of Queen Elizabeth II set in the throne room at Buckingham Palace, London, after her coronation in June 1953, the Queen wears the Imperial State Crown and holds the Orb and Septre by kathy
Imperial Crown of India was made for King George V to wear at the Delhi Durbar in 1911 when he was acclaimed Emperor of India. A special crown had to be made as the Imperial State Crown cannot be taken out of England
Queen Victoria's Crown This small beautiful crown of heraldic Tudor form was ordered by Queen Victoria at own expense for her personal use in 1870. She found the Imperial State Crown too heavy, and very much resented the complicated procedures involved when removing the crown from the Tower of London.
Bling it on: Queen's jewels go on show for her Diamond Jubilee
Imperial State Crown: Worn by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament, it is set with the Second Star of Africa, a 317-carat dazzler which was one of nine off-cuts from the Cullinan Diamond - the largest ever found - presented to Edward VII in 1907.